Oops… I was logging into Google Adwords this morning and got an “Expired Server Certificate” warning, which means Google didn’t pay the small fee to renew their certificate.
I believe this affects merchants who are using Google’s shopping cart to process orders (which could cause them sales, because some people get nervous when they see a warning like that, they don’t know what it means.)
I have to admit, seeing things like this cheers me up a little, because running a business online sometimes feels like nothing but endless details like this that you need to stay on top of.
It’s good to know that even Google drops the ball occasionally.
Of course, my favorite one of these was when Microsoft let the domain name Hotmail.com EXPIRE, and millions of people couldn’t check their email… Until one frustrated user paid the $35 registration fee for them, because he was frustrated he couldn’t check is email.
Everybody makes mistakes, don’t beat yourself up about it.